Coronavirus update: In light of the current circumstances please note that the planning department is "open as normal". Please see full update below and our FAQs page.
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- Do you need Planning Permission?
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Planning Constraint Checker:
Use the Interactive Policies Map 2014 to ascertain what planning policies affect a particular property or area of land within the District.
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Two digital hearing appeals postponed for 2 Canterbury Way & Banstead Down: 4 January 2021
The Council has been notified on 4 January 2021 that two planning appeals which were due to take place digitally on 6 & 7 January 2021 have now been postponed.
The appeals were:
- 2 Canterbury Way, Croxley Green - APP/P1940/W/20/3244533
- Banstead Down, Rickmansworth - APP/P1940/W/19/3246212
The Council will be notifying residents of the re-arranged dates as soon as possible.
Policy CP4 Evidence reviewed: December 2020
The Council has reviewed local evidence and is of the view that affordable housing need continues to deserve significant weight. It is considered that the National Planning Policy Framework does not outweigh the weight to be attached to local evidence of affordable housing need in Three Rivers. As such, proposals for residential development of sites of 10 dwellings or less will continue to contribute towards the provision of affordable housing.
For further details relating to Policy CP4 please click here.
Changes to permitted development / Use Class Order comes into force: 03/09/2020
PDF application forms and associated documents relating to the above processes can be found on the Planning Portal website. Completed forms must be sent to email@example.com
Changes to the Use Class Order came into force on 1st September 2020 aimed at creating vibrant, mixed use town centres by allowing greater freedoms. For example, a new 'Commercial, business and service' use class (Class E) has been created.
Extension to time limits comes into force: 19/08/2020
A planning permission is generally valid for 3 years from the date of issuing the decision notice. Following the Business and Planning Act 2020 the following changes have come into effect:
If you permission requires "Additional Environmental Approval" please submit your request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must provide the following details with their request which will be dealt with by the LPA has quickly as possible:
For recent changes as a result of Coronavirus please view the FAQs.
Changes to the current planning system: 10/08/2020
The Council is currently reviewing the proposed reforms and will be providing their response before the deadline of 29th October 2020.
Coronavirus update: 04/08/2020
The department is open for business and all delegated applications are being validated, assessed and determined as normal, wherever possible. Timescales on applications are therefore unaffected unless an extension of time has been agreed between parties or an application has been called into a Planning Committee (see below for further information).
Further, all comments in relation to live planning applications must be submitted via Planning Online or by email to the above address. Should you have any questions please speak to the relevant Case Officer.
Recent legislation changes as part of the Business and Planning Act 2020 are highlighted within the FAQs document above and include the following:
Affordable Housing requirement upheld at appeal:
The Council have recently been successful at appeal in defending the application of Policy CP4 (Affordable Housing) of the Core Strategy. Additionally, another recent appeal also supported the Council's view that all schemes involving a net gain should be required (subject to viability) to contribute towards affordable housing.
For more information on the above and to read the recent appeal decisions please click here.
For all the latest planning news at national level please view the following websites:
For all the latest planning news including previous updates concerning changes at District level please view Planning News.
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